The plan is to totally rebuild my
brake system from front to rear, including the servo.
The project actually began back in the summer with the
addition of alloy rear drums. And so the story
One of the things I've never been able
to do is "lock up" my brakes. If I stand on them, they
bring me firmly and quickly to a stop but they just
won't "lock" which is an indication of a problem
somewhere. Back in the early spring 2007, I had the
Master Cylinder (MC) fail which was replaced with a
brand new one off of eBay. After replacing that and
bleeding the system, I noticed some very slight wetness
from the area where the MC bolts to the servo which
probably means fluid got in to the servo when the MC
failed. So that means the servo needs to be pulled and
drained and if I'm going to do that I might as well have
it rebuilt.......and if I'm going to have the servo
rebuilt, how about the calipers, and new front and rear
pads and stainless braided hoses and rear wheel
cylinders and................gee......TRF has some very
cool looking Alloy Drums on sale! So first things
first...I've GOT TO have those drums! I know....that
should probably be the LAST thing I do here but......the
sale ends real soon and they look real cool.
I ordered the drums from TRF on Sunday
and they arrived on Thursday. I figured that installing
them was about an hour's worth of work, unless Murphy's
Law prevailed. But...........Murphy must of had the day
off and the old drums pulled right off and the new drums
were a perfect fit after loosening the brake shoe
adjusting bolt. BTW.......the Brembo's weigh in at 6 lbs
10 oz and the old drums were 9 lbs so there's a
small weight savings too.
says Brembo and they are obviously for a TR6!
you missed the case label, the drums also had a
here's my guess. Brembo makes the drums for
another vehicle (notice the extra holes/indents)
and TRF buys them in "bulk". Then someone at TRF
takes out a razor knife to open the Brembo box
and makes a nice scratch across all the drums.
He was very consistent and managed to make the
same scratch on both drums exactly in line with
the taped seam in the box. That would explain
why neither box was still sealed. TRF then sends
the drums out to a machine shop who makes the
required "adjustments" for fitting a TR. TRF
slaps another sticker on the drum and drops them
back in the Brembo box. BUT....it is an
absolutely PERFECT fit.
the COOL FACTOR........ and the wheel completely
covers those scratches.
Now that I have cool looking alloy
drums, I'll be doing some research on where to have the
servo and calipers rebuilt.
Fast forward to January and
this decision has been made with all brake
components having been ordered from Ted Schumacher,
TS Imported Automotive including: rebuilt
calipers, rebuilt servo, Kevlar pads and shoes, S/S
hoses and all new springs and fitting kit for the rear.
The only exception being an upgraded Morgan rear brake
cylinder from Kai Radicke of
Wishbone Classics. This is a slightly larger
bore cylinder which equates to a little more stopping
power at the rear.
brakes on all four wheels.